San Antonio ISD announces new campus leadership

San Antonio ISD is pleased to announce the principal selections for the 2018-2019 school year. These proven leaders will help lead the District into its next phase of growth and success. The new principals represent a mix of exceptional talent from within San Antonio ISD, as well as accomplished individuals from outside of the District.

Bonham Academy

David Nungaray Mr. David Nungaray, Principal

David Nungaray began his career as a dual language teacher at Bonham Academy. As a founding teacher for the Teach For America-San Antonio region in San Antonio ISD, Mr. Nungaray moved to Texas after graduating from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. He is a son of immigrants, and his parents instilled the importance of education in his life. He is also a first-generation college graduate. After teaching at Bonham, Mr. Nungaray became an instructional coach with Teach For America and coached teachers at over 20 schools in San Antonio ISD. He received his master’s degree in School Leadership from Trinity University and became an administrator at Alamo Heights ISD. Mr. Nungaray served as assistant principal and academic dean while at the Junior School in Alamo Heights before returning to San Antonio ISD. He served as one of the founding administrators for the Advanced Learning Academy in 2016. He is excited to return to where his career in education began, and to serve the amazing community at Bonham.

Bowden Academy and Lamar Elementary

Brian Sparks This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Brian Sparks is a San Antonio native with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trinity University. He spent eight years in North East ISD where he taught at the elementary level in special education and general education before working as an assistant principal. Mr. Sparks has served as the principal at Lamar Elementary for the last five years where he has helped grow the enrollment and develop the instructional model at the school.

CAST Med

Eddie Rodriguez This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Eddie Muzquiz Rodriguez has 28 years in public school education as an educator, curriculum science specialist and administrator. Most recently, Dr. Rodriguez was the founding principal of Harlandale ISD’s STEM Early College High School-Alamo Colleges at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. He served as its principal for five years, prior to joining SAISD as the founding principal for CAST Med. Additionally, he teaches a science methods course at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and has worked as a private consultant for many school districts in the state and nation. In 2008, the U.S. Department of State awarded Dr. Rodriguez a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Mexico City to visit and learn about its schools. This experience led to an opportunity for him to do work for the Secretary of Education in Mexico City. Dr. Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio and has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University, a master’s degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station.

Cotton Academy

Rawan Hammoudeh This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rawan Hammoudeh began her career as a teacher at Smith Elementary where her high expectations and strong work ethic contributed to excellence in the teaching and learning of all students. Ms. Hammoudeh held leadership positions including principal, Relay Resident Principal, assistant principal, and San Antonio ISD Mathematics District Instructional Coach. During her time in these leadership positions, she demonstrated excellent instructional leadership, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. She gained extensive experience in working collaboratively with assistant superintendents, campus administrators and teachers to identify areas of need through the use of data to develop and implement strategic and targeted action plans that address the needs of all stakeholders. In addition, Ms. Hammoudeh demonstrated strengths in coaching and collaborative skills in curriculum alignment, lesson design, and research-based teaching strategies. Furthermore, she has been cited on numerous occasions for excellence in the design and delivery of professional development at both the district and campus levels. Ms. Hammoudeh attended The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then later, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UTSA. Recently, Ms. Hammoudeh graduated with honors from the Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship.

Carroll Early Childhood Education Center and
Tynan Early Childhood Education Center

Alejandra Barraza This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Alejandra Barraza began her career at Miller Elementary, where she taught for eight years. This is her ninth year as an administrator. She was an assistant principal at Green Elementary, Forbes Academy, and Collins Garden Elementary, and has been the principal at Carroll Elementary for the last five years. Dr. Barraza received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education. Her dissertation work compared the perspectives of superintendents, district-level administrators and school/building administrators on early childhood practices. She was interested in how administrators see high-quality early childhood education, particularly for the young underserved population. She continued to work full time as she pursued her doctorate which allowed her the unique opportunity to bridge theory with practice. As part of her doctoral work, she was able to intern at the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) with Secretary Arne Duncan during the time the Office of Early Learning was being established at DOE, allowing Dr. Barraza to understand education policy at the national level.

Cameron Elementary and Gates Academy

Sonya Mora This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sonya Mora has been an educator in San Antonio ISD for 18 years. She was a campus instructional coordinator and administrative assistant at J.T. Brackenridge Elementary, assistant principal at Smith Elementary, principal at Gates Elementary, and most recently, the network principal at Gates and Cameron Elementary. She designed, implemented, and led multiple aggressive initiatives, which led to improved academic performance resulting in five distinction designations in 2016 and four distinction designations in 2017. Ms. Mora attended The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in early childhood and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. Her passion for curriculum and instruction led her to earn a Masters in Education in Elementary Math at Texas State University.


Davis Middle School

Sharene Dixon This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sharene Dixon is honored and privileged to serve as the principal of S.J. Davis Middle School. During her 20 years in education, she has served in many capacities including high school English teacher, English language and arts curriculum specialist, instructional coach for English language arts, director of professional development, director of educator effectiveness for Teacher Incentive Fund over 11 schools, adjunct professor at a university, assistant principal, and in the 2017-2018 school year she served at Sam Houston High School as an associate principal. Mrs. Dixion earned an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from Robert Morris University, a Masters in Education in Curriculum Instruction Design from Walden University, and a Superintendent Certification from Sam Houston University. Mrs. Dixon has always served Title I communities. As a first-generation college graduate, she firmly believes education changes generations. Mrs. Dixon is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has lived in San Antonio for the past 11 years.

Edison High School

Cynthia Carielo This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Cynthia Carielo first joined the San Antonio ISD in 1981 as a student and then professionally in 2000 as a high school mathematics teacher at Sidney Lanier High School. After serving the Lanier community for six years, Dr. Carielo pursued an opportunity at Wheatley Middle School as a campus instructional coordinator. Three years later, Dr. Carielo returned to the high school level by joining the Burbank family where she served as both a campus instructional coordinator and administrative assistant for four years combined. In 2013, Dr. Carielo made the move to Thomas Jefferson High School where she served as an assistant principal for two years before becoming the principal at Will Rogers Academy, a position she held for three years. Dr. Carielo grew up in San Antonio and attended school in San Antonio ISD, graduating from Thomas Edison High School in 1995. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Six years later, Dr. Carielo earned her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). After serving in several leadership roles in San Antonio ISD, Dr. Carielo pursued and earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from UTSA.

Estrada Achievement Center

Gary Pollock This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gary H. F. Pollock is proud to be a member of Team Estrada. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Manitoba, Canada; master’s degree in Education from La Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City, Mexico; and a superintendent certification from Region 20. As part of the San Antonio ISD family, he has served in several different roles including third-grade teacher at Bonham Academy, assistant principal at Irving Middle School, principal at Smith Elementary, principal at Page Middle School, principal at Mark Twain Middle School, and the director of attendance accountability. Mr. Pollock strives to build effective relationships with his students and parents as well as other District stakeholders. Mr. Pollock was born and raised in Canada. He has resided in the great state of Texas for the last 19 years.

Franklin Elementary

Hugo Saucedo This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hugo Saucedo began his career as an educator in 1999 as a social studies teacher at Sam Houston High School. He taught social studies at four San Antonio ISD high schools over a span of 15 years (Sam Houston, Lanier, Burbank, and Brackenridge). Over the last five years, Dr. Saucedo has served the children of San Antonio ISD as an assistant principal at two campuses: Page Middle School and Rhodes Middle School. Dr. Saucedo’s professional education journey started in 1994 when he enrolled as an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He was the first person in his family to attend college and graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in History and a certification to teach social studies. Dr. Saucedo later returned to UTSA in 2012 and earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. His most recent degree was earned in 2016 as he crossed the stage once again as a UTSA graduate student with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In addition to the doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Dr. Saucedo earned a certification as a superintendent.

Jefferson High School

Ralf Halderman This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ralf Halderman received his bachelor’s degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University in 1985. In 2004, Mr. Halderman earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. He began his teaching career as a teacher and coach at Tidehaven Junior High School in Elmaton, Texas. After a successful four-year tenure, he was hired at Boerne High School to teach biology and coach. Mr. Halderman was named the head baseball coach in his second year. His leadership guided the Greyhounds to five district championships in the eight years as head coach. In 1999, Mr. Halderman was hired on at Manor High School in a similar position. He again had success both in the classroom and on the baseball field. Mr. Halderman began his career as an administrator at Hutto High School as an assistant principal. One year later, he started his 13-year tenure as an administrator at Fredericksburg High School. After serving eight years as an assistant principal, Mr. Halderman was given the opportunity to serve as principal, a position in which he served for the past five years.

Kelly Elementary

Claudia Ramos-Coto This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Claudia Ramos-Coto began her career as a bilingual teacher. She truly believes it takes a village to raise a child. Thus, it is her goal to support parents to help their child achieve their best. Ms. Ramos-Coto served as principal at George E. Kelly Elementary from 2013-15 and is honored to return to the school this year as principal. She is enthusiastic about working with outstanding students, wonderful parents, and dedicated staff. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Our Lady of the Lake University. Ms. Ramos-Coto continued her education at Lamar University where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has proudly served as an educator for 12 years.

Longfellow Middle School

Nancy Rodriguez This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nancy B. Rodriguez graduated from Providence High School and received her Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Science in educational leadership from St. Mary's University. She began her career at Stevenson Middle School in the Houston ISD. In 2001, she joined San Antonio ISD as a science teacher at Thomas Edison High School. She served the Edison community in various leadership capacities: department chair, curriculum instructional coordinator, administrative assistant, and assistant principal. In 2013, Mrs. Rodriguez received the opportunity to lead the Advanced Academics Department as a senior coordinator. Since she missed making a direct impact on students and working with teachers on a daily basis, she began working at Thomas Jefferson High School as an assistant principal in 2015.

Page and Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Delia McLerran This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Delia McLerran has served our community as the Young Women’s Leadership Academy principal since 2010. She is now a network principal fellow as part of the TEA/San Antonio ISD Replicating Great Options initiative. She will continue her work at San Antonio’s only all-girls public school and will begin the redesign of Page Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. She has enjoyed being a public school educator since 1987 when she started as a student teacher at JFK High School in Bronx, NY. After earning her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City in 1988, she returned to Texas to earn her Master in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas-Austin in 1990. She taught in Corpus Christi at Title I schools and became an administrator in 1996. Ms. McLerran served Wynn Seale Academy of Fine Arts and Roy Miller High School families in CCISD until 2010. In 2016, she completed the Harvard Business School Public Education Leadership Program and was recognized as the H-E-B Excellence in Education Secondary Principal for the state of Texas. Under her leadership, YWLA has been recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon school and one of nation’s most challenging schools.

Poe Middle School

Christine Perez This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Christine Perez began her journey in education as a Special Education teacher at Sul Ross Middle School. While working in this capacity, she was provided and sought out opportunities to serve her students and campus as an inclusion, content mastery, and behavior unit teacher. She then became the special education department coordinator for the campus. Ms. Perez was accepted into the North ISD Administrative Internship Management Program which is a pathway for educators who are pursuing opportunities to serve their constituents as leaders. Ms. Perez was then promoted to an administrator intern at two middle school campuses concurrently, Vale and Luna. Following her internship, she served as the assistant principal, academic dean, and vice principal at Connally Middle School. Ms. Perez then joined the San Antonio ISD Office of School Improvement team where she was able to hone her skills in turnaround efforts before moving into her current role as campus principal for Poe Middle School. Ms. Perez graduated from William H. Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia. She attended The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1998. She received her Master of Education in Teaching in 2006 from Schreiner University.

Margil Elementary

Kathleen St Clair This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kathleen St. Clair received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Texas State University and her Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. Mrs. St. Clair has a well-established history in the San Antonio ISD. She served as a teacher, instructional guide, and vice principal before becoming the principal of Arnold Elementary in 2001. Arnold Elementary was a TEA Exemplary and Recognized Campus for 10 years under her leadership and was recognized by the Children at Risk Organization as a Top 10 Elementary School in the Bexar County area during the school years of 2008-2010. In addition, Arnold Elementary earned a spot for three consecutive years on “The Best Public Schools” list published by Texas Monthly Magazine. From 2010 until her retirement in August 2015, Mrs. St. Clair was the principal at Pershing Elementary, which earned TEA Recognized Campus status in 2010-2012, and TEA Distinction in Reading/ELA in the 2012-13 school year. Pershing Elementary was also named an ambassador site for the Success for All Foundation. Mrs. St. Clair came out of retirement to lead Stewart Elementary for the 2017-18 school year, and will now lead Margil Elementary.

Rogers Academy

Robby Wilson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Robby Wilson received his undergraduate degree in finance from Texas A&M University. He began his career in education as a bilingual teacher through an alternative education program with the Dallas ISD (DISD). He taught for seven years at the elementary level before receiving a graduate degree in school leadership and moving to school administration with DISD. With 10 years of experience in bilingual education, Mr. Wilson pursued an opportunity to work with a two-way dual language school in West Palm Beach, Florida, as an assistant principal. His work with dual language programs continued as he became principal in Dallas ISD in 2010. During this time period, Mr. Wilson took on the challenge of working at an Improvement Required campus. With the hard work of his staff, he was able to move the campus to meet all state indexes. Mr. Wilson’s path to education was sparked by his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. His work was to teach and train others in skills needed to be successful in business. This opportunity to impact the lives of others remains at the heart of his work as an educator.

Schenck Elementary

Mary Susan Del Toro This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Del Toro is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. She taught for five years before becoming a counselor and then an administrator. She has more than 27 years of experience as a professional educator. Mrs. Del Toro has worked in Ysleta ISD, El Paso ISD and most recently North East ISD. She was born in Uruguay and considers herself to be a “Dreamer.”  She is a product of public schools and is passionate about education for all students. Mrs. Del Toro’s motto is Equity and Excellence for All by reaching and teaching Every Student, Every Day.

Storm Elementary (Relay Lab School)

Jackie Rodriguez-Navar This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jackie Navar has successfully served in San Antonio ISD education for the past 16 years. Through these years, she has impacted San Antonio ISD as a third- and fourth-grade teacher, campus instructional coordinator, district math coach, assistant principal, and as a principal fellow. Ms. Navar attended Our Lady of the Lake University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (1-8th), and a Master of Education as a Master Reading Teacher. She returned to Texas A&M San Antonio and earned her certification as an Administrator in 2015. Most recently she has had the opportunity to take part in the year-long Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship, in which she was trained in culture, coaching, and data. At Ogden Elementary, San Antonio ISD's first Relay Lab School, Ms. Navar assisted in school culture, weekly data meetings, and observation feedback sessions – all which have helped turn the school around with tight routines and procedures, transparent feedback coaching sessions, and effective data sessions. It is her belief that all of our San Antonio ISD scholars can learn, grow up to be productive citizens, and through the work that she helped pioneer at Ogden Elementary, successfully compete against any scholar across the country.

Wilson Elementary

Jennifer Zavala This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Jennifer Zavala is honored to serve as principal of Wilson Elementary. She is passionate about serving her community and working alongside parents to create an environment where teachers foster creativity, critical thinking, and a love of learning in all students. Dr. Zavala has also had the role of academic dean, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) adjunct professor, and biology/physics teacher. As a teacher leader and administrator, she has analyzed TEKS to align curriculum goals and objectives with meaningful learning experiences, devised a strategic master schedule that supports Professional Learning Communities, and implemented data-driven instruction based on campus needs. Most importantly, Dr. Zavala has a global perspective of the daily operations, and interconnectedness of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, needed to support a successful learning environment. Her leadership and educational experience has provided her with a unique combination of knowledge and skills that she uses to drive her passion for high-quality instruction. Dr. Zavala graduated magna cum laude from UTSA with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She also earned a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy at UTSA.

Woodlawn Hills Elementary

Martha Martinez-Silva This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In 1990, Martha L. Martinez-Silva began her educational career as a kindergarten and first-grade bilingual teacher at Japhet Elementary. She then worked in the capacity of reading recovery teacher, Title I reading teacher and dyslexia lead teacher. She was then appointed as the master reading teacher, dyslexia evaluator, and dyslexia lead teacher. In 2006, Ms. Martinez-Silva transferred to Riverside Park Academy and worked there in the capacity of master reading teacher, dyslexia evaluator, and dyslexia lead teacher. In 2008, she was promoted to administrative assistant. In 2010, she was promoted to assistant principal and served at Highland Hills Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, and Young Men’s Leadership Academy. In 2017, Ms. Martinez-Silva was appointed as Relay Principal at YMLA then appointed to Foster Academy. In 1990, Ms. Martinez-Silva earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and in 1993, she obtained her Bilingual Education certification. In 1997, she received her Reading Recovery certification and her Master of Arts in Bilingual Education. In 2002, she obtained her Master Reading Teacher certification at UTSA. In 2009, Ms. Martinez-Silva earned her Principal certification at Texas A&M University at Kingsville.